Parkinson Disease based on Ayurvedic Perspective

 Parkinson's Disease based on Ayurvedic Perspective

Cinnamon may be used to halt the progression of Parkinson’s disease

Neurological scientists at Rush University Medical Center have found that using cinnamon, a common food spice and flavoring material, can reverse the biomechanical, cellular and anatomical changes that occur in the brains of mice with Parkinson’s disease (PD). The results of the study were recently published in the June 20 issue of the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology.


Parkinson’s disease affects about 1.2 million patients in the United States and Canada. Although 15 percent of patients are diagnosed before age 50, it is generally considered a disease that targets older adults, affecting one of every 100 persons over the age of 60. This disease appears to be slightly more common in men than women.

“Cinnamon has been used widely as a spice throughout the world for centuries,” said Kalipada Pahan, PhD, study lead researcher and the Floyd A. Davis professor of neurology at Rush. “This could potentially be one of the safest approaches to halt disease progression in Parkinson’s patients.”

The study found that after oral feeding, ground cinnamon is metabolized into sodium benzoate, which then enters into the brain, stops the loss of Parkin and DJ-1, protects neurons, normalizes neurotransmitter levels, and improves motor functions in mice with PD.

 What Is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that causes a gradual loss of muscle control. The symptoms of Parkinson’s tend to be mild at first and can sometimes be overlooked. Distinctive signs of the disease include tremors, stiffness, slowed body movements, and poor balance. Parkinson’s was originally called a “shaking palsy,” but not everyone with Parkinson’s has a tremor.

Symptom: Bradykinesia

As people grow older, they naturally slow down. But if they have “bradykinesia,” a sign of Parkinson’s, the slow movement may impair daily life. When they want to move, the body may not respond right away, or they may suddenly stop or “freeze.” The shuffling walk and “mask-like” face sometimes found in those with Parkinson’s can be due to bradykinesia.

Symptom: Impaired Balance

People with Parkinson’s tend to develop a stooped posture, with drooping shoulders and their head jutted forward. Along with their other movement problems, they may have a problem with balance. This increases the risk of falling.

Symptom: Rigidity

Rigidity happens when the muscles stay stiff and don’t relax. For example, the arms may not swing when a person is walking. There may be cramping or pain in the muscles. Most people with Parkinson’s have some rigidity

Parkinson’s Disease based on Ayurvedic Perspective

Parkinson’s disease is a condition of disturbed systematic Vata dosha, which has gone into the nervous system. Ayurveda says that psychologically , the person with Parkinson’s trend to be controlling or aggressive. When such a person loses control over a situation, the nervous system become tense and works unders stress. 

Classically, Parkinson’s is found in a Pitta Predominant person such as powerful person who has hundreds of people working under him or her, who is controlling and then loses that control. A person who is pitta predominant and Vata secondary who tends to be aggressive, competitive, successful and workaholics would be most vulnerable.

Those people have an overpowering and controlling nature and they always come from the space of confidence, courage and aggressiveness. Then suddenly they lose something of value with stress, such as a relationship breaking, divorce during a mid-life crisis and loose a job, and they feel they have lost control. 

Or there maybe some Vatagenic factors, such as age. From 55 onward, the person is in the age of Vata is more prone to Parkinson’s and the Vata disorders. 

Parkinson’s treatment based on Ayurvedic Perspective

Modern medicine or allopathic medicine uses such as dopamine that cab have drastic effects. However, it would be suppressed the symptoms not root cause. Ayurveda has proved that most of the chemical drugs create more dryness and active oxygen whi
ch is cause of aggravate Vata and also create side effects such as intoxicated liver, cardiac arrhythmia and high blood pressure.

It means that more drug you intake is more worsened the disease itself. It becomes a vicious circle. You may contact Ayurvedic physician to consult the matter, if you have a symptoms or medication and looking for alternative and complementary medicine.

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